A quick note: I was away with family for a bit after Fashion Week, so I had a few posts that didn’t go up right on time. However, they ARE going up now, so here we go!
Donna Karan is a personal hero of mine. When I was 16 years old, I was brought to New York to Carnegie Hall, where my high school orchestra played as part of a Youth Honor Concert series. I remember coming into New York the first time, hands pressed against the window of the George Washington Bridge, looking at the glittering lights of Manhattan as we raced toward Penn Station. It was a moment I’ll never forget and once I had my bearings in my hotel room, I had one mission: I wanted to meet Donna Karan.
So, I went to the only place I thought she might be. I had seen her on Style with Elsa Klench at Bloomingdales for the launch of DKNY, so off I went to Bloomingdales to meet my hero. I waited for three hours. I was a high school kid from West Virginia, what did I know? The salesperson kindly explained that she didn’t actually WORK there, so my mother and I purchased two t-shirts and went back to practice.
This season, as I entered the venue to witness the presentation of the Donna Karan New York Spring 2013 Collection, I took my seat at the presentation and surveyed the landscape. Actress Rebecca George was greeting photographers and press, doing interviews, notable editors were taking their seats. I sat in my own seat, with a spectacular view of the entrance to the runway, and then she appeared behind the partition: there was Donna Karan herself.
I froze. She looked directly at me. I did the only thing I knew to do: I placed my hands together in a yoga prayer and bowed in her direction and mouthed the words, “Thank you.” She smiled back and bowed to me and then she gave me a little wave. She then disappeared behind the partition.
And then it happened: I started to cry, which is the uncoolest (is that even a word?) thing you can do at a fashion show. It was super quiet, but I couldn’t help it. Because when you’re THAT big of a fan of someone who has been one of your personal icons for SO LONG and they look you in the face? I don’t care WHO you are, you’re done. A tiny tear appears at the side, then a couple more and then you just have to mark the moment. I was in a cubicle at a BANK five years ago. Look at me now, sitting at Donna Karan. It was beyond.
But let’s talk about the collection: it was, as always, magnificent and, interestingly enough, said to be inspired by “the awe of coming into the city.” Crafted in soft neutrals and lovely blush and sky tones, a gorgeous and ethereal palette that seemed to float above the runway. The dresses had an almost ballet-inspired appeal, with all of the beautiful softness you would love to have in spring clothing with the feminine allure for which Karan is known. She most definitely changed directions since fall’s tailored and pinstriped collection that was borrowed from the boys, but this collection was entirely for us girls. Eggshell, blush and dusky hues strolled down the runway in handkerchief linen, draped silk and chiffon with pearls and sequins. It’s a soft approach and it’s something we need out there right now. We’ve been slammed into skinny jeans and hard shapes for so long. We need a break, fashion fans, room to breathe, and Donna’s given us exactly what we need.
Please do enjoy the snaps I was able to take from my vantage point, then watch the video of the collection in its entirety below so you can see it in all its beauty, completely unadulterated and lovely, the way it’s meant to be.
All photos in this post were taken with the Nikon D-3200 camera, which is featured as part of my New York Fashion Week partnership with Target. To learn more about this camera, head to Target.com or your local Target store for high-performance electronics at an incredible price.